Well, the year had barely started before the first big birding surprise unfolded on the Faroe Islands. Earlier today a few “black” Whimbrels were reported in Tvøroyri, Suðuroy. Turid Vestergaard í Dali went to look for them in order to get some photos and find out what it actually was. She managed to locale some of the birds – which turned out to be Glossy Ibises. Only the third record for the Faroes.
People have seen at least 5 birds together and they might have been around since christmas. They might have been seen in the village of Hvalba a bit further north on Suðuroy too.
So where do the birds come from? There have been severe westerly storms recently, so the birds might have a North American origin. Yann Kolbeinsson pointed out that North America has been hit by severe cold weather lately, which might have forced birds to migrate eastwards.
Mike Pennington photographed a single bird on Unst, Shetland, today. So there could be several Glossy Ibises out there.
I am in Turkey, so I’m not trying to twitch the birds (and that also explains the lack of activity on this blog). If you wish to follow my birding in Turkey go to www.birdingturkey.wordpress.com